Priyansh Arya balances cricket with academics
The left-handed Priyansh Arya, who caught the eye with an elegant knock of 72 off 66 balls (five fours, two sixes) in Delhi’s title victory over Uttar Pradesh and was named Player of the National Talent Search and Nurture cricket championship last month, aims to add layers to his batting and become the best he can be.
Cricket started as a hobby for Priyansh when he was not even 10 years old. He turned that into a passion when he was in fifth class in school and joined the LB Shastri Cricket Academy to be trained by renowned cricket coach Sanjay Bharadwaj. He is turning out to be a fine batsman with the hunger to get better.
For a lad who idolises Indian ace Yuvraj Singh, Priyansh sharpens his skills at the nets, sometimes stretching to four hours a day. With the support of parents – social studies teachers both, father Pawan Kumar in Kendriya Vidayalaya Shalimar Bagh and mother Rajbala in Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 Shaktinagar – and coach, Priyansh is making his dream come true.
The good thing is that Priyansh has not compromised on his studies. The student of class 10 in Kulachi Hansraj Model School has acquitted himself well in academics also. It has allowed him to keep a mature head on his young shoulders.